November 11, 2013
What's up. Today is exactly my 2 month mark since stepping foot into the MTC. Crazy. It has been the biggest roller coaster 2 months of my life. Honestly it's been insane. There have been times where all I wanted to do was lay down, cry, then go to sleep, but 30 minutes later, something will happen to where I know that Heavenly Father is watching over me, and I usually do cry then, cause I can feel his love.
This week was really good. We had a couple lessons with Breanna. She has come a long way since we even got here, but she still hasn't talked with her parents, and her baptism is Saturday. We're trying so hard to get her to tell her parents, but she's really scared. It seems like after every lesson she is ready to shout it to the world, but then she doesn't. So hopefully she does today. Her goal is to do it by today.
We also set another baptismal date! Her name is Toni. She is about 50 years old and she is almost blind. But with her glasses she can see alright, and she is a wizard painter. She showed us what she did for the kids of Sandy Hook Elementary. I was in shock. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen. She studies the kids so much. In the painting, they were all angels on their way up to Heaven, and they each had something that represented them. She even made the painting look like them. Each individual child and teacher. It was so cool. Anyway, she has been taught for a couple months. She told us that she will be baptized from the first time we spoke to her, but she is going through a really bad divorce, and felt like she had to finish that before she got baptized. We talked to her about it, and showed her David A. Bednar's Light of Christ mormon message. We told her that she didn't have to wait, and how much being baptized and having the guiding gift of the Holy Ghost would help her through this awful divorce. She told us about it, it really is bad. She said she felt she should be baptized soon, and asked what day we wanted to do it. We told her Nov. 23. And then she got thinking and asked if we could do it on Thanksgiving, and so we said WHY NOT. So we have a Thanksgiving baptism. I'm so excited.
We spoke in Sacrament. I will send you a copy, cause I won't lie, My talk was incredible. I don't say that usually, but I could feel it as I was speaking. Elder Fenton's was really good . I had a member of the bishopric pull me aside after and tell me it was a "general Conference worthy talk." It was so cool.
This was yesterday. Things were going so good. Then we had a couple members step in. So they were talking about Home Teaching in Elder's Quorum. Their home teaching percentage was 33. yeah. 33. So we talked about it. Not us, the quorum. They were having a discussion on it, and we added some things to the discussion. It was all fine and dandy.
So we have this dry Mormon. He goes every week, his family is all baptized, but he is not. He is the dad. And talking to the members, we have been referred to him by about 10 families. That he needs the missionaries. Well, we talked about that in ward council. later, we had a member tell us who his home teachers are, and what they are doing. Apparently, instead of helping him understand priesthood power, they take in deep theories (not doctrine) and have huge discussions on those. Anyone who knows missionary work knows that deep theories will never answer simple questions. So we wanted to just talk with the home teacher about simplifying and bearing simple truths. So we called him and asked how he was doing, and how Brother Wilkie (the dry mormon) was doing. We didn't even get to talk after that. He proceeded to tell us that we were offensive, and we had no business talking to these men who were older than us and had been on missions and telling them what to do. He told us "you may be full time missionaries, but you are still young and don't know what you are doing." He told us he wants to meet with us in person so there's no confusion. He also said "we will teach brother Wilkie, and when he's ready to be baptized, we will call you to do the interview." in other words, back off.
So, There's my continuing roller coaster here in Casa Grande. It really has been so good. 97% of the members here are AWESOME. So we will continue to work with them.
Have a good week! I love you all!
Love, Elder Scott Jackson Taylor.